It’s funny how time has a way of shifting the collective consciousness of the public. In 2018 – metal bands such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Motorhead and Metallica are very well known, even commonly known, bands and indeed – brands. For those of us who were into these bands in the early to mid … Continue reading Rockbrat remembers: Fast Eddie Clarke and Fastway (1950-2018)
In a bygone era in Australia, when live rock ‘n’ roll was the dominate form of entertainment for kids, bands who had a large enough profile would tour different parts of the country and play to kids at Civic Centres, Community and Town Halls, Ovals, Parks and the like. Before rock n roll moved pretty … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Supernaut, HUSH and John Paul Young – Narrabundah Oval, Canberra, 1976
The Werewolves were a band from out of Dallas, Texas who signed to RCA and released two amazingly underrated albums brimming with first rate power-pop / country melodies. Don’t know the name ? OK, fair enough. Put down your can of Gilley’s Beer and read on. Let’s dig a little deeper. Before the Werewolves, in … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Seab Meador and the Werewolves
I only recently heard about the sad passing in January this year of Ohio’s Kevin Junior (real name Kevin Bain Gerber). According to Billboard magazine, singer-songwriter Kevin Junior—who spent his most prolific and fruitful years in Chicago—died at age 46. The story says "the cause of death is not clear," but as Gossip Wolf reported … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: KEVIN JUNIOR December 26, 1969 – January 16, 2016
Life is indeed, uncertain. I only blogged a couple of weeks ago about the greatness of Steve Young, and then I read on the weekend that he passed away last Thursday. His music maintains a quality, a richness, and a humility that you would expect from someone of his vintage and era in country music. … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Steve Young 1942-2016
I’d like to think that I’ve always been into cool rock n roll. Yet its admission time. There was a slight blip on the radar there in the late 80s where I slipped up and was buying LP’s by (gulp) Poison, Warrant, White Lion, and others of the so called ‘big haired variety’. There, I’ve … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Being a fan of hair metal in the late 1980s – guilty as charged!
On the eve of their 1983 Australian tour, before leaving from the UK, Jim Duckworth and Terry Graham refused to get on the plane. As is now commonly known, without a guitarist or a drummer, Jeffrey Lee Pierce had the supporting act (The Johnny's) drummer (Billy Pommer Jr) and guitarist, Spencer Jones fill in for … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: When Spencer Jones played with The Gun Club
I was somewhat disappointed to read about the imminent closure of Sydney’s Bar Century, (although when I used to drink there it was known as the Century Tavern), which is located on the corner of George and Liverpool Street. On a personal level, this was my favourite watering hole in the city, and I have … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: The Century Tavern / Bar Century in Sydney
I have a bit of a soft spot for the US outfit Cobra, and there albums (particularly First Strike) are excellent slices of commercial heavy rock. Some years back, whilst rifling through one of those great Japanese ‘heavy metal album covers’ books, I was checking out Cobra, and got into the Cobra albums. Front man … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Jimi Jamison 1951 – 2014
Found this tour advert in an old magazine tonight (anyone remember the short-lived Rebel Razor ?) and I thought it was time to reminisce a little. Joanie had last toured Australia back in 1982, and although she remained productive, there was no big hit here to warrant a further tour downunder (ala I Love Rock … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Joan Jett Downunder 1995
My recent post about Slade - where I referenced Noel Gallagher from Oasis - reminded me of another article I've been meaning to write for some time. And it is something very close to my rock n roll heart: the mighty Oasis and more specifically - what are my Top 10 Oasis songs ?! The timing … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: What Are The Top Top 10 Oasis Songs ?
I cant recall If Ive written about Tough Luxury elsewhere in this blog. If I haven't, I should have. For those into the Sydney metal scence of the early to mid 80s - Tough Luxury will be a familiar name. They released a very underrated album on the Possum Records label called 'Streetwise' and a … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Tough Luxury & Fetish